Promising 15-year-old basketball star Armoni Sexton killed in drive-by shooting in New Jersey

Promising 15-year-old basketball star Armoni Sexton killed in drive-by shooting in New Jersey

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Promising 15-year-old basketball star Armoni Sexton killed in drive-by shooting in New Jersey

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A 15-year-old high school basketball star from Paterson, N.J., died Sunday morning after he was shot Saturday night in a drive-by shooting, his family told NJ.com.

Armoni Sexton, a 6-6 forward who was nationally ranked in the Class of 2019, had just finished his freshman season at Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology.

Police said Sexton and three others were shot. The other three, two males and a female, are expected to survive, police said. His aunt, Rosemary Sexton, told NJ.com that Armoni was on his way home to make his 9 p.m. curfew. Police said the shooting happened at about 8:40 not far from the Sexton home in Paterson’s notorious Fourth Ward.

Paterson Charter coach Tommie Patterson said Sunday that the intention was to send Sexton to a prominent prep school to play basketball because it was not safe for Sexton to remain where he was leaving, but the player was reluctant to move.

“Everyone was in agreement, ‘We’ve got to get him out of here.’ We were going to send him to a prep school, if not at the end of this year then definitely the end of next year, his sophomore year,” Patterson told NJ.com. “He was too good of a player to stay at our school, and I knew it, and were going to put him in a better situation. If not Oak Hill (Va.), down there with Kevin Boyle at Montverde (Fla.), somewhere. We went to his house this summer and told him, ‘Hey man, you’ve got to go to prep school.’ He was like ‘I’m not going to prep school.'”

Sexton had averaged 16.3 points and eight rebounds as an eighth grader.

“He got comfortable (in that neighborhood). He understood it and he was okay. He was a good kid,” Patterson said. “That’s what I don’t understand. I know how it happened — it was a drive-by shooting, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

 

 

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